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Language Issues / Cursing and censorship
« on: May 13, 2021, 05:05:15 PM »
This past semester I have been doing independant research on language learning, cursing, and censorship. While my focus was on children learning their native langauges curse words I stumbled upon this article that deals with L2 learning and curse words.

Cursing is a very debated topic in the world and many people hold strong opinions on this topic. In my opinion we must still allow for students (older/adult students) to be able to interact with these words and be able to understand their many meanings and contexts they are used in. This article is a very interesting read and might be of use in creating a lesson or something similar in regards to the taboo words of a language.

Motivation / Goals and succcess markers
« on: May 13, 2021, 04:58:09 PM »
I think motivation is ony the killers of language learning. Many students hit a wall when the information or work becomes too difficult and can stall their learning and reduce motiviation. For younger learners I have noticed that success markers are a great way to keep young children motivated, especially public praise. This also removes the feeling of learning to be work or burdensome. Making the progress of learning into a game-like challenge will increase motivation in children in my personal opinion. Though it is a slippery slope as some children will pretend to learn in order to gain the public praise or success marker. This is something to definitely keep an eye out for. For older learners personalized goals in the language learning setting is what will motivate them to learn. Many times we see that adults want to learn a langauge for a specific purpose either for working abroad or integrating into a foreign lagnauge speaking family or their own other personal reason. By honing in on these goals we can better motivate students to learn, having specific lessons or homework or activities based around these goals will keep them as active participants and better their learning.

Textbook, Website, etc. Reviews / Forums outside of this one
« on: May 13, 2021, 04:50:31 PM »
On the internet there are lot of resources, blogs, and forums that one can go down a rabbit whole on. Recently I have taken a liking to the forum website Reddit. I think there are lots of great discussions among the subreddits: r/TEFL, r/TESL, r/langaugelearning and r/teachingresources. There are lots of questions and answers on there regarding the inner workings of TESL/TEFL and teaching as well as resources that vould benefit the classroom. I think a good idea would to create a small subreddit for students to discuss topics in such a way like this one where there can be logs from previous years and such. I think the subreddit r/languagelearning would be a great place to look to get a better understanding of some questions some students may have in regards to their learning. This could be extremely helpful towards students who are not the best at voicing their questions in class or directly to the teacher. Since this website is also considered a SMS there is a lot of current event and short term internet evolution going on in the site that could help create classroom activities and discussion. Another forum type of website that could be beneficial would be Discord which would allow for more privacy and personal interaction between students and the teacher. And of course with both of these sites there are logs to see of the students work and progress through the class.

Fables, Fairytales, and Myths / 2 assignments
« on: March 02, 2021, 09:28:52 AM »
While searching for worksheets that would go well as assignments when learning about fairy tales I came across this one. It is definitely geared towards a younger audience of learners, which is not a bad thing, but I think it could be easily reworked and adapted for an older group of students. I think the questions asked are good ones and pretty thought provoking and require the students to really think about the fairytales they have previously read as well as their own ideas and perspectives on good v evil. This would be a great stand alone activity or apart of a longer lesson where students can discuss their ideas more and pursue a more intensive activity afterwards.
This one unfortunately is not a free resource but it was created by another teacher so paying for it would not be so bad as you’re helping a fellow teacher. From the previews of the activity I think it would be a great assignment for intermediate learners who have had a fair amount of practice and history with writing in English. By creating writing in all three styles (narrative, reflective, argumentative) it really forces the learner to diversify their writing style and perhaps create new thoughts and ideas about the fairytales in question or even topics related to them. This would be a great ending assignment to a unit in my opinion.

Fables, Fairytales, and Myths / Fables Resource
« on: February 12, 2021, 12:17:29 AM »

A good source to find fables and tales from around the world. Great for classes with students who are from different parts of the world, allows for students to read about their own cultures fables or even explore another cultures tales. This source even includes folktales from lesser thought of places like Lithuania.

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